DSF travel grants available for PyCon Namibia 2018
About PyCon Namibia
PyCon Namibia held its first edition in 2015.
The conference has been held annually since then, and has been at the heart of a new open-source software movement in Namibia. In particular, through PyNam, the Namibian Python Society, Python has become the focus of self-organised community volunteering activity in schools and universities.
In the last two years, assisted greatly by Helen Sherwood-Taylor, Django Girls has become an important part of the event too.
PyCons in Africa
The conference has also been the direct prompt for further new PyCons across Africa; Zimbabwe in 2016, Nigeria in 2017 and a planned PyCon Ghana next year. In each case, PyCon attendees from another country have returned home to set up their own events.
An important aspect of these events is the opportunity to establish relationships with the international community. Numerous people have travelled from other corners of the world to meet African programmers in their own countries, and many have returned multiple times.
Be a Pythonista, not a tourist
There is enormous value in this exchange, which gives Python/Django programmers from beyond Africa a unique opportunity to encounter African programmers in their own country, and to visit not as passing tourists but as Pythonistas and Djangonauts who will form long-term relationships with their African counterparts. This helps ensure that the international Python community meaningfully includes its members, wherever in the world they may be, and represents a chance like no other to understand them and what Python might mean in Africa.
There is probably no better way to understand what Python might mean in Namibia, for example, than having lunch with a group of Namibian high-school pupils and hearing about their ideas and plans for programming.
This exchange enriches not only the PyCon itself, but also the lives of the Pythonistas that it embraces, from both countries, and the communities they are a part of.
About the travel fund
In order to help maintain this valuable exchange between international Python communities, the Django Software Foundation has set aside a total of US$1500 to help enable travellers from abroad to visit Namibia for next year's PyCon, 20th-22nd February.
The DSF seeks expressions of interest from members of the international Django community who'd like to take advantage of these funds.
Please get in touch with us by email. We'd like to know:
- who you are
- why you'd like to participate
- where you are travelling from and how much you estimate you will need
PyCon Namibia will benefit most from attendees who are interested in developing long-term relationships with its community and attendees.
See the conference website for information about travel and more.